2013 Summer Player Evaluations:The Maine Event (ME)
Matt Borrello for Mass Prep Stars
South Portland, ME -- Sunday marked the inaugural Maine Event, hosted by MB Nation at Southern Maine Community College. The four teams in attendance were RI Hawks, Metro Boston, Connecticut Select and MB Nation.
The final standings for this round-robin event were as follows:
CT Select (2-0)
MB Nation (1-1)
RI Hawks (1-1)
Metro Boston (0-2)
Here is a break down on the top 5 performers from yesterday’s games:
1) Walter Wright '14 5-foot-8 - PG, Wilby High (CT) CT Select - This was a breakout weekend for this ultra-quick point guard from Waterbury, CT. as he dominated the second-half of the championship game against MB Nation. His strength is the ability to break down defenders one-on-one and get into the paint. He scored in a variety of ways, and displayed toughness on the defensive end. From what we understand, Walter will be attending a Prep School next year (TBD).
2) Jackson Donahue '14 - 6-foot-0, CG, Northfield Mount Hermon (MA) RI Hawks - Shot the ball really well this weekend, especially in the opening game against Metro Boston. He was the primary reason why the Hawks jumped out to such a big early lead, as he was deadly from beyond the arc.
3) Isaiah Bess '14 - 6-foot-4, SF, Penguis (ME) MB Nation - Bess (photo above) was terrific in the first half against CT. Select. The Stonehill commitment has a tremendous upside, and as he continues to get stronger, this might be one of the biggest “steals” in New England in the class of 2014.
4) Chan Williams-Bay '14 6-foot-4, SG/SF, Wilbur Cross (CT) CT Select - A “jack of all trades” player, does not do anything exceptionally well, but is a terrific “glue” guy and can guard multiple positions. He’s also good defender and will mix it up in the paint.
5) Miles Wright '14 6-foot-5, SF, Tabor Academy (MA) Metro Boston - Wright is one of the more intriguing prospects in New England for the class of 2014. This dual-threat athlete is being recruited at the BCS level for football, and is also hearing D-1 from schools in basketball as well. Miles has a good feel for the game, and uses his strength and athleticism to get in traffic and finish. His outside shooting is not his greatest strength, but he shot the ball well against MB Nation.
You can also make a case for the following players as a top 5 performer at the Maine event:
Kealen Ives '14 5-foot-9, CG, Classical High School (RI) RI Hawks – Great motor and terrific in the open court
Malcolm Smith '14 6-foot-2, SG/SF, St. Andrews (RI) RI Hawks – Scored 16 points against Metro Boston, and can score in a variety of ways.
James Foye '16 6-foot-2, SG, Hamilton-Wenham (MA) Metro Boston – Had 14 pts against MB Nation. Foye is one of the best pure shooters in the class of 2016.
Jack Simmonds '15 6-foot-5, SF, Falmouth (ME) MB Nation – Good size at the SF position. Simmonds played well against Metro Boston. Simmonds has a really big upside and will be someone to keep an eye within the class of 2015.
Matt Borrello is the President / Founder of New England Scouting Services
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